Uribe played with the White Sox from 2004 to 2008, hitting .251/.293/.431 with 87 home runs and 324 RBI in 2,283 at-bats during his five-year stint with the team. Last season, he hit .278/.331/.438 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 388 at-bats with the Dodgers, who also have interest in bringing him back.
Garcia went 1-2 with a 1.65 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 20:5 K:BB ratio in 27.1 innings after coming to Atlanta from Baltimore, where he went 3-5 with a 5.77 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 26:12 K:BB ratio in 53 innings over 11 apperances (10 starts) last season.
Papelbon is due $13 million over each of the next two seasons and also has a vesting option of $13 million for 2016. He saved 29 games in 2013 while going 5-1 with a 2.92 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 57:11 K:BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings in his second season with the Phillies.
Ackley, who played 59 games in the outfield last season in addition to his natural position of second base, hit .253/.319/.341 with four home runs and 31 RBI in 384 at-bats last season. His strong second half (.304/.374/.435) was anchored by the month of August, in which he hit .390/.420/.597 and 10 of his 14 extra-base hits.
In addition to Rays pitcher David Price and free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, the
The Mariners have been pursuing an established closer, also having reported interest in John Axford. Hart was drafted by Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik in Milwaukee.
The market for free-agent pitcher
Halladay struggled through the one of the worst seasons of his career in 2013, making only 13 starts and going 4-5 with a 6.82 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 51:36 K:BB ratio in 62 innings. His fastball averaged a career-low 88.8 mph, according to Fangraphs, marking his second straight season of significant lost velocity.
Buck hit .219/.285/.362 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in 392 at-bats between the Mets and Pirates last season.
Espinosa stuggled considerably at the plate last season, hitting just .158/.193/.272 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 158 at-bats. He led the National League in strikeouts in 2012 and hasn't shown any improvement at the plate since, according to one evaluator.
"He has that long upper-cut swing," the talent evaluator told MLB.com. "He has to shorten his swing in order to make more contact. He has to realize that the pitchers can tell what his weaknesses are. They don't have to throw him a strike to get him out. He doesn't make consistent contact. He has to realize that the pitchers have made an adjustment and he has to make an adjustment. He has made no adjustments since he has been in the big leagues."
Espinosa faces an uphill battle to crack the Nationals' 25-man roster.
The White Sox are balking at surrendering five years of team control of Quintana for just one season of Headley, who is scheduled to reach free agency after the 2014 season. White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago was also floated in trade talks but the Padres were more interested in Quintana.
Flaherty hit .224/.293/.390 with 10 home runs and 27 RBI in 246 at-bats last season. The team could also opt to use recent acquisition Jemile Weeks at the position.